Even though J.T. Reichard was only in his first year at Rutgers University–Camden, he kept a very busy schedule of extracurricular activities while living on campus. He was a floor coordinator for the Residence Housing Association, a volunteer on the Campus Activities Board, a member of the American Medical Student Association, and a participant in Q-Step, an organization that supports and mentors STEM students. “It’s all stuff that I’m interested in and have a lot of fun doing,” he said. “There are a lot of things to get involved with on campus if you keep your ears and eyes open and make the most of the opportunities."
He said that even though he was a first-year student, many doors were open to him. “As a freshman, if this was a bigger campus, I probably wouldn’t have a leadership position or be involved in the clubs as much. You have the opportunity to meet more people and get more involved in your first year at Rutgers–Camden.”
A Close-Knit Community
Reichard, whose long-term plan is to become a doctor, said Rutgers–Camden offers a very supportive atmosphere. “Professors know your name and everyone on campus knows each other, which makes for a comforting learning environment.”
An Affordable College Experience
Reichard participated in the inaugural year of Bridging the Gap, a grant program for New Jersey families that helps pay tuition costs not covered by state and federal programs. “It played a major factor in my decision to attend Rutgers-Camden as it was an unparalleled package. It allowed me to not have to take out any further loans, affording me the opportunity to attend college without having to worry about the financial ramifications. It made it where college was totally accessible. It wasn’t a loan, so I don’t have to pay it back. It really relaxed the whole college process.”